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Disability Education: Scholarships, Special Ed, Learning Difficulties

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Revised/Updated: Friday, 18th January 2019

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Information and news regarding disability education and schooling, includes scholarships for various disabilities and material on learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.

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This category of Disabled World covers education for persons with disabilities including disability scholarships and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Right to education:

The Convention states that persons with disabilities should be guaranteed the right to inclusive education at all levels, regardless of age, without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity.

State Parties should ensure that:

A smiling man in graduation attire is sitting on a bench in a garden.
A smiling man in graduation attire is sitting on a bench in a garden.

State Parties should take appropriate measures, such as:

Education For All is based on the fundamental principle that all persons should have the opportunity to learn:

Inclusive education is the education framework for including children with disabilities and was originally based on a principle stating that all should have the opportunity to learn together.

Education For All does not limit its focus to primary education, but includes secondary and tertiary education as well. Children and adults with disabilities do not only have the right to an education, they have the right to be part of today's mainstream education system.

Quick Facts Regarding Disability and Education:

Typical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, often complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit and/or hyperactivity disorder.

IDEA Part B Statistics (U.S.)

In the fall of 2012, there were 67,529,839 students ages 6 to 21 in the United States. Of these students ages 6 to 21, 5,693,441 or 8.4 percent received special education services under IDEA, Part B. Hawaii had the smallest percentage (6.3 percent), while New Jersey had the largest percentage (11.6 percent).

Of the 6,429,431 youth ages 3 to 21 who received special education services under IDEA, Part B, in the fall of 2012, 735,890 (or 11.4 percent) were 3 to 5 years old; 2,631,472 (or 40.9 percent) were 6 to 11 years old; 2,700,531 (or 42.0 percent) were 12 to 17 years old; and 361,538 (or 5.6 percent) were 18 to 21 years old.

The 5,693,441 students ages 6 to 21 who received special education services under IDEA, Part B, in the fall of 2012 were in the following diagnostic categories:

U.S. Disability Schooling Statistics

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 (NCES 2014-015), Chapter 2.

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